August 22, 2016
Swiss International Air Lines' spokesperson Karin Mueller has confided that, despite minor glitches to its introduction, SWISS remains satisfied with the performance of the Bombardier C-Series throughout its first 30 days of service. To date, SWISS reports that the CS100 has a 99% dispatch reliability rate.
Difficulties at Boeing and Airbus in arranging export financing for their aircraft is reportedly being seized upon by Bombardier to seek additional C-Series sales. Boeing has been at an impasse since the U.S. Congress suspended government loan guarantees for U.S. aerospace exports as a cost saving measure, while Airbus is currently undergoing a criminal probe for reported bribery on the part of high level Airbus officials.
India's GoAir plans to hire 500 additional personnel in the coming months, as it takes delivery of its first Airbus A320 NEO aircraft.
The FAA will be publishing a ruling regarding additional safety features that will be required for the proposed installation of lithium batteries aboard the Boeing 737 MAX. The additional safety features are based on adverse experience, involving multiple in-flight fires, aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner back in 2013. To protect against future occurrences, the Boeing installed a fire resistant housing around the Dreamliner batteries.
Russia's Irkut has sent initial paperwork to Russian aviation authorities to establish the type certification for the Irkut MC-21 single aisle airliner - which has yet to fly.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. plans to fly its first prototype Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to the United States later this month, to begin flight testing in Washington state.